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MARINE-EO Report Summary

Project ID: 730098
Funded under: H2020-EU.

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - MARINE-EO (Bridging Innovative Downstream Earth Observation and Copernicus enabled Services for Integrated maritime environment, surveillance and security)

Reporting period: 2017-01-01 to 2017-11-30

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

MARINE-EO project ( is a European project with a total budget of 4,37M € supported by the European Union within the Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2016 - 2017 Leadership in Enabling and Industrial Technologies – Space and specifically the topic EO-2-2016: Downstream applications for public sector users. The project is Pre-Commercial Procurement started on the 1st of January 2017 and is currently running its PCP Phase 0, the Curiosity driven research.

Maritime “Awareness” is currently a top priority for Europe. “Awareness” sought either in regards of marine environment and climate change while at the same time “awareness” sought in regards of the maritime security, border control against irregular immigration and safety of navigation. “Awareness” is sought both for sea-basins of traditional interest like the Mediterranean and the Atlantic as well as for basins currently trending like the Arctic.

MARINE-EO teams up a group of 5 maritime authorities (the buyers’ group) and a group of 4 scientific and technical organizations with significant experience in Earth Observation and maritime matters (the technical advisors) to achieve the following objectives:

Objective 1: Develop, test and validate two sets of demand-driven EO-based services, adopted on open standards, bringing incremental or radical innovations in the field of maritime awareness and leveraging on the existing Copernicus Services and other products from the Copernicus portfolio:

- Thematic Area 1 Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring and Climate Change: SATOCEAN service provides information about ocean parameters variability in time and space both on coastal and offshore marine protected areas, fish farm monitoring and detection of fish farm threats. It also incorporates detection of vessels and icebergs in the Arctic areas for safe navigation and maritime operations.
- Thematic Area 2 Copernicus Security: SATSURVEILLANCE service contributes to the development of EUROSUR regulation and CISE by providing services in response to Europe’s security challenges in the domains of Border Security, covering the unusual activity monitoring around a Critical Infrastructure and enhanced change detection for irregular migration.

Objective 2: Propose a set of “support” / “envelop” services which will better integrate the abovementioned EO and Copernicus-enabled services to the operational logic and code of conduct. Such services shall also bring “closer” the demand side with the EO data providers and EO data experts and analysts creating a dynamic environment for a single digital market to grow.

Objective 3: Strengthen transnational collaboration in maritime awareness sector by facilitating knowledge transfer and optimization of resources for the public authorities participating in the buyers group. This shall bring together the supply and demand side in order to foster the development of innovative solutions in response to the increasing demand for strengthening Earth Observation and Copernicus capabilities. In order to accomplish the aforementioned, an experienced group of partners will observe the problem from different perspectives, including an operational and a technical view, while working together for the development, integration and validation of innovative solutions in the field of Earth Observation, the harmonization of tools and methods for the EU wide testing and validation of systems, and the facilitation of public-private cooperation for the sake of market visibility.

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

During the first reporting period of the project, its activities have focused on the preparatory phase of the procurement (PCP Phase 0), which has been articulated through the different tasks of WP2 User requirements, WP3 preparation of the procurement, WP4 Procurement publication and proposals evaluation and WP8 Communication, exploitation and dissemination of results.

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

MARINE-EO is a Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) project. As a PCP project, the objectives of MARINE-EO are two-fold. First, this project challenges the industry from the demand side to develop innovative solutions to cover the public sector needs. Secondly, it provides a first customer reference enabling companies to create competitive advantage on the market.

Here below a short description of the needs and the use cases of the features that MARINE-EO has agreed to procure:

a) Copernicus Marine Monitoring thematic area

Feature 1: Ocean biotic and abiotic parameters, climatological information and historical statistics. There is lack of a holistic approach, combining data from diverse sources in one single web platform, in order to serve the needs of Marine authorities at typical operating conditions. This first feature provides environmental status feedback, both on coastal and offshore marine protected areas, based on data gathered from various sources. Further analysis of these data can produce statistical results, as well as interpolated parameter maps. Furthermore, this service will be connected with the European Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD 56/2008 EC) and the environmental status assessment process.

Feature 2: Fish farm monitoring. The need for a dedicated service that will monitor Fish Farms, and enhance Fish Farmers awareness of relevant critical information, is considered of paramount importance for this fast-growing market. The feature will be applied in selected aquaculture sites, in order to prevent massive fish-killing events that would possibly result in the area’s destabilization and serious economic damages. The feature will provide end-users, on regular intervals, with access to information related to parameters of high interest.

Feature 3: Arctic based services. In order to ensure navigational safety and security at sea, vessels and icebergs detection is of great matter. Therefore, identification of vessel types, their navigational status, as well as icebergs in the vicinity, along with their dynamics, is crucial. This feature covers the monitoring of specified areas of interest, with respect to sea ice status, iceberg status and vessel recognition, combining information from advanced forecast models. This feature allows the competent on-shore authority to make good decisions in the implementation of contingency plans in future operations, where threats from ocean structure and icebergs could appear.

b) Copernicus Security thematic area

Feature 1: Unusual/Irregular activity monitoring around a Critical Infrastructure. A critical infrastructure is an asset or system essential for the maintenance of vital societal functions, whose damage may have significant negative impact for the security of EU and the well-being of the citizens. This feature aims to support the Maritime Security, by monitoring an area around a particular critical infrastructure, detecting abnormalities and identifying behavioral patterns in its surroundings, in order to foresee possible threats.

Feature 2: Change detection around coastal areas. Certain coastal areas surrounding Europe are labelled as possible sources of irregular migration, mainly due to their (strategic geographical) position and societal situation. This MARINE-EO platform feature aims to support the detection of irregular activity taking place in specific areas of interest, in order to minimize the appearance of unpleasant events/situations OR the number of future dinghies departing from these coasts, towards the EU.

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